DIY Solar Dehydrator, Make Your Own Food Dehydrator with Just 3 Materials!

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Remember, you don’t need to go out and buy an expensive Food Dehydrator. You can make your own food dehydrator at home using just a few simple materials. It can be cheap and very likely a free DIY project! It’s also pretty fast to make. Here’s how we made our Free Solar Food Dehydrator.

DIY Solar Dehydrator: Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. Pizza Box or other small box
  2. Black paint or material
  3. Piece of scrap plexiglass or clear material
  4. Razorblade (for cutting)

Simply cut a hole into the top of the pizza box, paint it black (to attract the sun’s heat), place the plexiglass on top (cut if needed) to encourage a greenhouse effect and toss in your favorite item to dehydrate! Viola! It’s that easy! Now, where can you get these materials? Well, you can probably find a box floating around for free somewhere. Ask a friend for their leftover pizza box or try getting a scrap box from recycling. You’ll be re-using material intended for the garbage, too! You might think plexiglass will be hard to find, but you’d be surprised at the materials you can find for sale on Craigslist, Facebook, & Yard Sales. Look around your neighborhood for stuff people are getting rid of. There’s a good chance of finding a piece of scrap plexiglass. It may not be a perfect fit for your box but you can change it. Now, what to dehydrate first? See below for my favorites.

Want to Brush Up on Your Foraging Skills?

I highly recommend getting a great foraging book. If you can’t find one at a local Thrift Shop, this “Pacific Northwest Foraging” book has been an absolutely great resource for me as I learned what to eat off the ground. My world opened up around me as I discovered food in places I’d never noticed before.


Foraging Wild Plants for Later Dehydration

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